Pulse 2 EN2023-05-23T13:09:23+02:00

As an all-new, all-analogue synthesizer design, Pulse 2 flawlessly delivers exactly what synth connoisseurs around the world have been truly craving for quite some time — three analogue oscillators living in perfect harmony with a VCF (VoltageControlled Filter), yet we did not stop there: the fresh filter circuits in the Pulse 2 now offer 12dB Highpass and Bandpass modes in addition to 24dB/12dB Lowpass for strengthened sound-sculpting flexibility, while we added analogue Filter FM, two Overdrive circuits, and Ring Modulation from OSC 3, together with Paraphonic and Unison modes allowing up to eight-voice chords.

Pulse 2 is housed in a sturdy metal desktop casing. Alongside its generous 128×64-character backlit LCD, eight eye-catching stainless steel knobs are available to nimbly navigate through the parameter matrix — logically laid out across the front panel for all to see at all times, set the master Volume, and easily edit display-accessible parameters.

As an all-new, all-analogue synthesizer design, Pulse 2 flawlessly delivers exactly what synth connoisseurs around the world have been truly craving for quite some time — three analogue oscillators living in perfect harmony with a VCF (VoltageControlled Filter), yet we did not stop there: the fresh filter circuits in the Pulse 2 now offer 12dB Highpass and Bandpass modes in addition to 24dB/12dB Lowpass for strengthened sound-sculpting flexibility, while we added analogue Filter FM, two Overdrive circuits, and Ring Modulation from OSC 3, together with Paraphonic and Unison modes allowing up to eight-voice chords.

Pulse 2 is housed in a sturdy metal desktop casing. Alongside its generous 128×64-character backlit LCD, eight eye-catching stainless steel knobs are available to nimbly navigate through the parameter matrix — logically laid out across the front panel for all to see at all times, set the master Volume, and easily edit display-accessible parameters.

Pulse 2

Specifications

Specifications

•    3 analog oscillators + 1 noise generator
•    Pulsewidth modulation
•    Hard sync
•    Filter FM from Oscillator 3
•    Ring Modulation from Oscillator 3
•    XOR Osc Mode
•    8/4 Voice Paraphonic modes
•    Cascade Filter
•    24dB/12db Lowpass, 12db Highpass/Bandpass filter modes
•    Powerful Arpeggiator

•    8-slot Modulation Matrix
•    USB
•    MIDI
•    External analog signal input
•    Stereo line out
•    Headphone out
•    Backwards compatible with classic Pulse
•    128×64 character backlit LCD
•    8 stainless steel knobs
•    500 Sound Programs
•    Electron-absorbing black case

  • stabiles Metallgehäuse
  • 7 Endlosregler aus Edelstahl
  • Grafikanzeige 128 x 64 Pixel, s/w, weiße LED-Hintergrundbeleuchtung
  • mehr als 1000 Sounds
  • 3 Oszillatoren pro Stimme
  • Frequenzmodulation zwischen den Oszillatoren
  • Alle Q-Oszillatormodelle
  • Alle Microwave II/XT/XTk-Wavetables
  • 2 unabhängige Multimode-Filter pro Stimme
  • Filter FM
  • 2 Verzerrerstufen mit wählbaren Verzerrerkurven
  • 3 schnelle LFOs pro Stimme
  • 4 schnelle Hüllkurven pro Stimme
  • frei programmierbares Arpeggiator-Pattern pro Sound mit bis zu 16 Schritten
  • umfangreicher Multimode mit 128 Speicherplätzen
  • bis zu 25 Stimmen
  • 16-fach multitimbral
  • programmierbarer Multimode mit 128 Speicherplätzen
  • 7 Endlosregler aus Edelstahl
  • 5 Taster
  • MIDI LED
  • Lautstärkeregler
  • Netzschalter
  • Stereoausgang
  • Kopfhörerausgang
  • MIDI-Eingang
  • USB-Anschluss für MIDI In/Out
  • arbeitet mit Standard USB MIDI-Treibern aktueller Betriebssysteme
  • Windows ME minimum, Windows XP oder neuer empfohlen
  • Mac OS X 10.2 minimum, Mac OS X 10.3 oder neuer empfohlen
  • Externes Universal-Steckernetzteil

Video

Video

Soundsets

Soundsets

Sound Demos

Sound Demos

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FAQ + Download Area

FAQ + Download Area

We answer your most frequently asked questions about Pulse 2
We answer your most frequently asked questions about Pulse 2
Is there an editor for my instrument?2022-09-30T10:25:28+02:00

We haven’t developed an editor for this instrument. You might find one from a third party developer. Please understand that we haven’t tested these editors and therefore we cannot give any recommendation and we assume no liability for this software.

How can I tune the filters of the Pulse2 and why should I do that?2022-09-30T10:26:48+02:00

You can find this option in the Shift+Utility menu. We recommend doing this after the Pulse2 has been running for at least 10mins.

Tuning the filters matches the resonance behaviour of the filters to each other. The algorithm isn’t intended to tune the filters absolultely perfect. If it did, the sound would be absolutely dull and sterile.

Where can I find the effects section?2022-09-30T10:28:06+02:00

Pulse2 does not have an effects section.

What are the specifications of the power supply?2022-09-30T10:28:37+02:00

The PSU must follow these specifications:

500mA or more

12V DC

“center positive” polarity at the plug, 2.1mm outer diameter

WARNING: A PSU with the wrong can make the device inoperable or even destroy it; furthermore, this can lead to severe injury or death!

We recommend using the original PSU. This can be ordered as a spare part by sending us your name and address through the inquiry form.

Some of the preset sounds make no sound when being played.2022-09-30T10:29:32+02:00

This is possibly related to the arpeggiator. Deactivate the arpeggiator or switch the sync in the options (available through pressing Shift+Global) to “Auto”.

My pulse2 doesn’t output any signal when I switch on the arpeggiator!2022-09-30T10:30:19+02:00

This is possibly due to the Pulse 2 being switched to external sync and no sync signal being transmitted to the instrument. Press Shift+Global and switch the MIDI sync to “Auto”.

Pulse2 doesn’t react anymore and just shows “SYS?MIDI!” on the display.2023-02-01T11:22:59+01:00

Please transfer the operating system to Pulse2 as described in “How to update my device”. Use DIN MIDI for this, since USB is disabled for this application.

Where can I find the Settings menu?2022-09-30T10:32:04+02:00

Press Shift+Global.

How can I update the firmware of my device?2023-02-01T11:13:27+01:00

You find all required downloads at the end of the FAQ list.

We recommend loading the provided .mid files into your DAW and play them back to your device using standard MIDI playback at 60bpm. Note that this procedure doesn’t work with Ableton Live or Bitwig, please use a different DAW or your system’s standard media player.

You can also use our tool Spectre which can be found in the column on the right side as well.

Where can I find the download section and the manuals?2023-09-27T17:17:14+02:00

At the end of the FAQ list you will find the download links for this product.

Are the outputs from my device balanced or unbalanced?2022-12-02T17:03:24+01:00

This device has unbalanced outputs. We recommend using it with unbalanced cables.

My device isn’t recognized via USB.2023-09-27T17:14:32+02:00

Make sure that your device is connected to your computer directly and not through a hub.

Use the rear USB ports of your computer, not the front USB ports.

Disconnect all other USB devices from your computer which aren’t needed at the moment.

Change the USB cable or try from a different computer.

On Mac: Click on About this Mac in the Apple menu. Select System Report. Go to the Hardware dropdown menu on the left and unfold it. Select USB. Check if your device is listed there.

On Windows: Press the Win key+R. Enter devmgmt.msc and press OK. Check if your device is listed there. If it shows up as an “Unknown Device” and if there’s a black and yellow warning sign, deinstall the driver. Then unplug the instrument, reboot your machine and plug it back in.

Does my device send audio via its USB connection?2023-09-27T17:12:30+02:00

No, this device only sends and receives MIDI via USB. Transferring audio via USB isn’t possible.

The line output signal level on my device is very low or distorted or noisy.2023-09-27T17:43:14+02:00

Make sure that the necessary cables are connected properly and that the introduced signals are the correct type. Also, the device must be powered correctly.

If that and the other hints described on the FAQs do not help, please contact your dealer. In case your device is out of warranty, please use the support form at the bottom page.

I need spare parts for my device, where can I get them?2023-09-27T17:11:07+02:00

In the shop you will find a detailed overview. However, ordering and shipping is only possible in Europe.

I think I have to send my device in, how do I proceed? What do I have to do when I send my unit to Waldorf from outside the European Union?2023-09-27T17:10:04+02:00

First, make sure you’ve tried all the procedures above that are related to your issue.

If nothing helps and your device is still covered by warranty, please contact the retailer where this device has been bought.

All our devices come with 2 years of warranty. Depending on local law, some retailers only cover 1 year of warranty service. If your device has been bought more than one but less than two years ago, and your dealer refuses to do a warranty service repair, please contact the distributor for your area. You will find a list of them here: https://waldorfmusic.com/en/international-distributors

If your device is out of warranty, please, use the button in the upper right corner. Please, give a precise description of the error. If it’s really necessary to send in your unit, we will issue an RMA form.

Wrap up your device safely. Ensure that it’s padded at least 5cm/2inches in ALL directions all around. Use a sturdy cardboard box and parcel tape. Do not use gaffers tape as this often becomes detached during transport. You are responsible for transport damages that result in improper wrapping. Best if you use the original padding and box, then wrap up the device as it was when you received it.

Fill out the RMA form on your computer. Print it out, sign it and put it INSIDE the box. We reserve the right to refuse working on devices which come with no error description.

IMPORTANT: When sending in your device from outside the EU

All packages must have a proforma invoice stuck on the OUTSIDE of the box. This is important for the customs duty. The contents of the parcel must be named and described exactly on the invoice, with declaration of the date of purchase and condition of the unit.

We would recommend to describe your device as defective and mark the contents of the parcel at a total value of 25€ or less. Otherwise, there will be extra fees (tax) from customs duties which we must pass onto you. No tax will be charged for goods with a value less than 25 €. Keep in mind that in case the parcel gets lost, the insurance of the post service (if applicable) will only refund the value marked in the declaration.

If the above points are not considered, please be aware that we must charge you the extra costs which arise through customs duty for storage and the additional handling etc. This would be an amount between 60 – 100 Euro.

Is there an editor for my instrument?2022-09-30T10:25:28+02:00

We haven’t developed an editor for this instrument. You might find one from a third party developer. Please understand that we haven’t tested these editors and therefore we cannot give any recommendation and we assume no liability for this software.

How can I tune the filters of the Pulse2 and why should I do that?2022-09-30T10:26:48+02:00

You can find this option in the Shift+Utility menu. We recommend doing this after the Pulse2 has been running for at least 10mins.

Tuning the filters matches the resonance behaviour of the filters to each other. The algorithm isn’t intended to tune the filters absolultely perfect. If it did, the sound would be absolutely dull and sterile.

Where can I find the effects section?2022-09-30T10:28:06+02:00

Pulse2 does not have an effects section.

What are the specifications of the power supply?2022-09-30T10:28:37+02:00

The PSU must follow these specifications:

500mA or more

12V DC

“center positive” polarity at the plug, 2.1mm outer diameter

WARNING: A PSU with the wrong can make the device inoperable or even destroy it; furthermore, this can lead to severe injury or death!

We recommend using the original PSU. This can be ordered as a spare part by sending us your name and address through the inquiry form.

Some of the preset sounds make no sound when being played.2022-09-30T10:29:32+02:00

This is possibly related to the arpeggiator. Deactivate the arpeggiator or switch the sync in the options (available through pressing Shift+Global) to “Auto”.

My pulse2 doesn’t output any signal when I switch on the arpeggiator!2022-09-30T10:30:19+02:00

This is possibly due to the Pulse 2 being switched to external sync and no sync signal being transmitted to the instrument. Press Shift+Global and switch the MIDI sync to “Auto”.

Pulse2 doesn’t react anymore and just shows “SYS?MIDI!” on the display.2023-02-01T11:22:59+01:00

Please transfer the operating system to Pulse2 as described in “How to update my device”. Use DIN MIDI for this, since USB is disabled for this application.

Where can I find the Settings menu?2022-09-30T10:32:04+02:00

Press Shift+Global.

How can I update the firmware of my device?2023-02-01T11:13:27+01:00

You find all required downloads at the end of the FAQ list.

We recommend loading the provided .mid files into your DAW and play them back to your device using standard MIDI playback at 60bpm. Note that this procedure doesn’t work with Ableton Live or Bitwig, please use a different DAW or your system’s standard media player.

You can also use our tool Spectre which can be found in the column on the right side as well.

Where can I find the download section and the manuals?2023-09-27T17:17:14+02:00

At the end of the FAQ list you will find the download links for this product.

Are the outputs from my device balanced or unbalanced?2022-12-02T17:03:24+01:00

This device has unbalanced outputs. We recommend using it with unbalanced cables.

My device isn’t recognized via USB.2023-09-27T17:14:32+02:00

Make sure that your device is connected to your computer directly and not through a hub.

Use the rear USB ports of your computer, not the front USB ports.

Disconnect all other USB devices from your computer which aren’t needed at the moment.

Change the USB cable or try from a different computer.

On Mac: Click on About this Mac in the Apple menu. Select System Report. Go to the Hardware dropdown menu on the left and unfold it. Select USB. Check if your device is listed there.

On Windows: Press the Win key+R. Enter devmgmt.msc and press OK. Check if your device is listed there. If it shows up as an “Unknown Device” and if there’s a black and yellow warning sign, deinstall the driver. Then unplug the instrument, reboot your machine and plug it back in.

Does my device send audio via its USB connection?2023-09-27T17:12:30+02:00

No, this device only sends and receives MIDI via USB. Transferring audio via USB isn’t possible.

The line output signal level on my device is very low or distorted or noisy.2023-09-27T17:43:14+02:00

Make sure that the necessary cables are connected properly and that the introduced signals are the correct type. Also, the device must be powered correctly.

If that and the other hints described on the FAQs do not help, please contact your dealer. In case your device is out of warranty, please use the support form at the bottom page.

I need spare parts for my device, where can I get them?2023-09-27T17:11:07+02:00

In the shop you will find a detailed overview. However, ordering and shipping is only possible in Europe.

I think I have to send my device in, how do I proceed? What do I have to do when I send my unit to Waldorf from outside the European Union?2023-09-27T17:10:04+02:00

First, make sure you’ve tried all the procedures above that are related to your issue.

If nothing helps and your device is still covered by warranty, please contact the retailer where this device has been bought.

All our devices come with 2 years of warranty. Depending on local law, some retailers only cover 1 year of warranty service. If your device has been bought more than one but less than two years ago, and your dealer refuses to do a warranty service repair, please contact the distributor for your area. You will find a list of them here: https://waldorfmusic.com/en/international-distributors

If your device is out of warranty, please, use the button in the upper right corner. Please, give a precise description of the error. If it’s really necessary to send in your unit, we will issue an RMA form.

Wrap up your device safely. Ensure that it’s padded at least 5cm/2inches in ALL directions all around. Use a sturdy cardboard box and parcel tape. Do not use gaffers tape as this often becomes detached during transport. You are responsible for transport damages that result in improper wrapping. Best if you use the original padding and box, then wrap up the device as it was when you received it.

Fill out the RMA form on your computer. Print it out, sign it and put it INSIDE the box. We reserve the right to refuse working on devices which come with no error description.

IMPORTANT: When sending in your device from outside the EU

All packages must have a proforma invoice stuck on the OUTSIDE of the box. This is important for the customs duty. The contents of the parcel must be named and described exactly on the invoice, with declaration of the date of purchase and condition of the unit.

We would recommend to describe your device as defective and mark the contents of the parcel at a total value of 25€ or less. Otherwise, there will be extra fees (tax) from customs duties which we must pass onto you. No tax will be charged for goods with a value less than 25 €. Keep in mind that in case the parcel gets lost, the insurance of the post service (if applicable) will only refund the value marked in the declaration.

If the above points are not considered, please be aware that we must charge you the extra costs which arise through customs duty for storage and the additional handling etc. This would be an amount between 60 – 100 Euro.